AMC’s tense conspiracy novel of a series Rubicon heads into the climactic episodes of the narrative as the tension continues to ratchet up on all fronts. Will Travers (James Badge Dale), the presumptive hero of the story, continues being backed into a corner even as he begins to put the pieces together. Meeting with Katherine Rhumor (Miranda Richardson), who has been doing some research of her own into the suicide of husband Thomas, Will may finally be getting somewhere. However, very little that either Will or Katherine are up to is going unheard by the conspiracy—no matter how careful Will thinks he is being. He can barely make a move without being seen and heard—and it’s taking its toll on his psyche.
Will has been camped out in his neighbor’s apartment, situated conveniently right across the alley from his building. We (and eventually Will) wonder if her presence is a little too convenient. And although she protests vehemently that she’s an innocent in this claustrophobic game, I wonder if the lady doth protest too much. Is she, too, involved somehow, or is she, like Kale Ingram (the always interesting Arliss Howard) now appears to be, some sort of guardian angel protecting the hero as he gets ever closer to the truth (which is always a highly dangerous proposition)?
When the series first begins, it is unclear on which side (other than his own) Kale resides—is he a good guy or as sinister as he appears to be? But Kale has assisted Will in his efforts to uncover whatever it is that his father-in-law (and former boss) David was onto before his death in the first episode. And now Kale (who sweeps his apartment for bugs regularly) finds that he, too, is under surveillance. But experienced spook Ingram can still slip “off the grid” and elude even the most adept intelligence operatives it seems—much to API Director Truxton Spangler’s (Michael Cristofer) frustration. Soft-spoken and small in stature, Kale looks anything but imposing. But his affect is just that. It is easy to see Kale as the assassin he probably once was; he moves with the stealth of a ghost—as any good spy must.
I’m going to speculate for a moment and suggest that Kale is the real eventual hero of this story. He is certainly one of the most complex characters in a series of intellectual (and somewhat nerdy) geniuses. He’s a brilliant, tough ex-ops agent, an out-of-the-closet homosexual with a live-in partner. He’s extremely protective of Maggie (Jessica Collins), an administrative assistant at API, the intelligence think tank at which most of the characters work.